Scientists say a rainy end to summer and start of autumn has created perfect conditions for fungi 

Mail Online | 10/21/2019 | Colin Fernadez Science Correspondent For The Daily Mail
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Our soggy autumn has led to toadstools and mushrooms appearing across the country, the Royal Horticultural Society said yesterday.

It has been horrible weather for drying clothes or having a barbecue, but the soggy conditions we have experienced in recent months have been favourable for fungi.

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The varieties of mushrooms that have been flourishing include giant puffballs and fly agaric, as well as the scarily-named dead man’s fingers and devil’s fingertip.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) said that the damp summer and wet autumn weather has meant that many highly unusual species of fungi have been spotted in their gardens around the country.

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Earthstars, which release a puff of spores when pressed, are flourishing at their garden at Wisley in Surrey.

A puffball mushroom bigger than a human head was also found at Wisley, as was a dead man’s fingers.

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Birkshead Gardens and Nursery in Newcastle also had puffballs bigger than footballs and the common stinkhorn, a suggestively-shaped mushroom that ‘looked so rude, it offended a visitor’ and was pulled up, the RHS said.

Devil’s fingers, also known as octopus stinkhorn, has been spotted at RHS Garden Rosemoor in North Devon, while scarlet catterpilarclub and orange peel fungi have been spotted at its garden at Harlow Carr, Harrogate, North...
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